Just don't say the B word
Around four o'clock this afternoon, a Southwest Airlines flight getting ready for takeoff at Burbank's Bob Hope Airport stopped on the runway. A passenger -- who may have been in his early 20s, and may have been drunk, may have been with a group of other drunk people -- said something that alarmed the flight attendants and made the pilot stop the plane without even returning to the gate. All passengers were evacuated safely. The troublemaker hasn't yet been identified in the media, because nobody's exactly sure what he did.
Except for one thing: CBS/KCAL had a fellow passender on, who told them "He said the B word."
OK. It's the holidays, you're having fun, you're having drinks before taking off. We're with you all the way. We want you to travel safe, we don't want the NSA reading your e-mails, we want you to get wherever you're going exactly when they're expecting you. So please. For your own sake.
Don't make a joke about a bomb.
Because people who work on planes don't think it's funny. Really. They will pull the plane over, make everybody disembark -- and you will be in deeeeeeeeep sh*t.
(If you DO have a bomb, by all means, please tell the flight attendants while the plane is still on the ground. Good timing. We're totally OK with that.)
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